Mega power plant in Lalitpur
2 Mar 2008, 0223 hrs IST,Pankaj Shah,TNN
LUCKNOW: In a major leap to achieve self-sufficiency by 2012, the UP Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL) has decided to set up a 4,000 mw ultra mega thermal power plant in Lalitpur district.
This would be the biggest plant to be set up by the corporation with the help of National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).
The plant, larger than the gas-based Dadri Power plant proposed in the NCR region, is expected to come up by 2012, by when most of the other proposed plants are also expected to be completed.
Chairman, UPPCL, GB Patnaik said that they would be entering into an agreement with the NTPC "within 30 days" for setting up of the mega project.
"Our target is to have power generation of 10,000 mw which is the basic requirement of the state," he said while talking to TOI. Interestingly, such type of power plants are set up in areas which are either on the sea coast or in the coal belt.
"We cannot change the geography of the state, but we can still try to have that," he said.
The decision to install the mega project comes barely days after a 'separate coal block' in Chedipura district of Orissa was allocated to UP along with Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra at the cost of Rs 40,000 crore by the Centre.
According to the arrangement, UP would be the biggest partner with 50 per cent share.